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Definition of Wanton


  1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
  2. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
  3. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
  4. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
  5. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
  6. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
  7. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
  8. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
  9. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
  10. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.

Wanton Quotations

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
William Shakespeare

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
Noam Chomsky

In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air.
John Webster

Bind up thy words that they run not riot, and grow wanton, and gather up sins for themselves in too much talking. Let them be rather confined, and held back within their own banks. An overflowing river quickly gathers mud.
Saint Ambrose

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
Alexander Berkman
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